How to Raise a Texan

Confessions of a Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Bobby Jackson has taught students in the Aransas County school district about the Plains Indians, the Battle of San Jacinto, and Spindletop since the state celebrated its sesquicentennial. How he does it bears no resemblance to the class I took when I was stuck in middle school.

The Boys of the Dipper Ranch

Jan 21, 2013 By Sterry Butcher

On 50,000 acres that they have mostly to themselves (not including their hounds, mules, horses, cattle, chickens, piglets, and parents), Jasper, Trevor, and Tanner Klein live a life almost untouched by the modern world.

The Exile’s Lament

Jan 21, 2013 By Attica Locke

Even after I moved to Los Angeles, there was no question that I’d always be a Texan at heart. But what about my daughter?

Mother Knows Least

Jan 21, 2013 By Katy Vine

I was thrilled when my daughter began learning a second language at day care. But what was I supposed to do when my three-year-old started engaging in conversations I couldn’t understand?

The Children of Texas

Jan 21, 2013 By Stephen Harrigan

I was never certain how to explain the importance of the state to my three daughters. Now that I have two grandsons—named Mason and Travis, no less—I’ve realized something that I should have known all along. 

I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat . . .

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

. . . from teaching my fifteen-year-old daughter about her Texas roots. So when I realized I was failing to accomplish this most sacred of duties, I did what any well-meaning parent would do: loaded her (and her friends, of course) into the car and hit the road.

The Kids Are All Right

Aug 31, 2012 By Francesca Mari

Meet eight of this year’s valedictorians, the products of schools across Texas, from El Paso’s Silva Health Magnet to Houston’s Westbury High.